9/11 Health Bill Passes Key House Committee
May 26, 2010
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on May 25. The legislation would guarantee federal funding for current monitoring and treatment programs for the next 10 years. New York City will contribute 10% of the overall cost of the World Trade Center Health Program.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped get us to this point including the entire New York delegation, which has shown an unwavering commitment to this legislation, and in particular the House sponsors, Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “I would also like to commend Chairman Waxman and the two New York City members on the Committee — Eliot Engel and Anthony Weiner — for their leadership in advancing the bill.”
The full Committee vote, which included an amendment to bar terrorists from care through the WTC Health Program, is the 3rd favorable vote in the House this year. A vote by the full House is expected in June. The Senate version of the bill is pending.